Oregano is an essential culinary and medicinal herb that has been used since ancient days, with many powerful health benefits.
Due to its potent antioxidants, antibacterial, anticancer and anti-inflammatory properties, oregano has many possible health benefits.
Oregano is rich in vitamins A, C, E and K, fiber, calcium, niacin, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, and the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin, and cryptoxanthin.
Its antioxidant power and proven disease prevention is incredible. In fact, oregano has one of the highest antioxidant activity ratings, which is excellent for neutralizing free radicals.
This fragrant Mediterranean herb can help the body to detoxify, thus is beneficial to remedy many ailments.
How to use Oregano for medical benefits
Oregano can be administered in many ways to obtain its beneficial effects. You can use fresh or dried oregano leaves, in its oil form, or taken as tablets as a supplement.
A common way to use oregano is by steeping a tea. The tea can be made with fresh or dried oregano. About 1 to 2 teaspoons (which is 5 to 10 grams) should be steeped in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes. The recommended dosage of this tea is up to three times daily.
Moreover, oregano oil can be applied topically for treatment of microbial infections, such as athlete’s foot or other fungal infections. The oil needs to be diluted by 50% or more prior to application and it can be applied twice daily.